FIFA tighten security after breach by fan

Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:10am GMT
 

By Alexandra Hudson

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) - FIFA is to tighten match-day World Cup security after an England fan slipped into the players' dressing following a Group C goalless draw with Algeria.

"It is of course totally unacceptable for FIFA that a fan finds his way up to the dressing rooms of any participating team at any FIFA competition," FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot told reporters on Saturday.

"Security will be tightened so this never happens again."

Provincial police spokesman Colonel Billy Jones said on Saturday that the man was first apprehended by FIFA officials.

"The man did not engage with any of the players," he said.

However, he was not then handed over to police after Friday's game but allowed to slip away into the crowd, he said.

Police have taken over security at Cape Town's Green Point stadium following a wage dispute between stewards and the contracted security firm.

"The man was wearing a red t-shirt and jeans. We believe he is still in Cape Town," Colonel Jones said, adding he could face charges of trespassing.   Continued...

<p>Mexico's Cuauhtemoc Blanco celebrates after scoring a penalty against France during a 2010 World Cup Group A soccer match at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane June 17, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>
 
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